Innovation in Cancer Control: Chinese Bowel Cancer Screening Project
Bowel checks: Detect early, act early.
The Sydney North Health Network is working with the Cancer Institute NSW under the Innovation in Cancer Control Grants 2019 on a project to improve bowel screening rates amongst Chinese-speaking vulnerable populations within the Northern Sydney region.
About the project
The project will deliver a series of ‘Bowel Checks – detect early, act early’ workshops for Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) speaking populations aged 50 – to 74 yrs. These workshops will be delivered by expert local General Practitioners (GPs) who speak these languages.
Local General Practitioners will also be upskilled on bowel screening promotion with the Chinese community through PHN-run primary care targeted workshops.
Why we need the project
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program participation rates remain low at 37%, and are even lower among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities. The SNHN Needs Assessment identified this issue as a local health priority, and a number of studies indicate a risk of low cancer screening rates among Chinese immigrants.
Our PHN region has a higher proportion of CALD population (22.1%) compared to NSW (18.6%), and Chinese people constitute the largest foreign-born group.
“Our consultation with the Chinese community has told us that they want more health information, delivered in their first language, by experts,” says Donna Pettigrew, Community and Partnerships Manager, SNHN.
This program will address current gaps in the region, including CALD-specific cancer research, culturally sensitive health interventions, and strategies to meet the needs of CALD communities.
Where can I find Bowel Screening Resources for Chinese speaking persons?
The Cancer Institute NSW offers a wide variety of bowel cancer screening resources translated in Simplified and Traditional Chinese:
Test kit videos, instructions, flyers and other resources:
This project has been proudly supported by: